The EPA has just posted its official fuel economy ratings for the new, 2017 Lincoln Continental sedan, and to be quite honest, they’re not stellar.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|3.7-Liter V6||FWD||17/26 mpg||20 mpg|
|3.7-Liter V6||AWD||16/24 mpg||19 mpg|
|2.7-Liter Turbo V6||FWD||18/27 mpg||21 mpg|
|2.7-Liter Turbo V6||AWD||17/25 mpg||20 mpg|
|3.0-Liter Turbo V6||AWD||16/24 mpg||19 mpg|
Even for a full-size, luxury car, these estimates are comparatively lackluster. The Lincoln Continental’s foremost rival from across town – the Cadillac CT6 – manages 21 miles-per-gallon combined (18 city, 26 highway) at its worst with a 3.0-liter turbo and all-wheel drive. That’s two more mpg than the Continental with essentially the same powertrain. More importantly, a fuel-sipping 2.0-liter turbo available on the CT6 boosts fuel economy to 25 mpg combined (22 city, 30 highway). No such option exists for the Lincoln Continental.
Granted, the Conti does have one important advantage as far as fuel costs go: unlike most of its competitors, it can be run on Regular gasoline – even with the range-topping 3.0-liter turbo.
The new, 2017 Lincoln Continental is expected to go on sale any day now, with pricing to start at $45,485.